One Big Home
FREE SCREENING - Thursday, October 13, 2016
at the Performing Arts Center, Oak Bluffs
Dir. Thomas Bena | Documentary | U.S.A. | 2016 | 82 min.
Trophy homes threaten the unique character of Martha’s Vineyard. Ten, fifteen, even twenty-thousand-square-foot houses are going up around the Island. Not only do these mansions stand in stark contrast to traditional cottages, most sit empty for ten months a year yet are heated year round. When he feels complicit in wrecking the place he calls home, carpenter and MVFF founder Thomas Bena takes off his tool belt and picks up a camera. Bumping up against tired clichés, angry homeowners, and builders who would rather look the other way, he works with his community and attempts to create a new bylaw that would limit house size.